Holiday News  2015, Key Notes Issue #788

In This Issue

Highlights of Recent Shows

"The performances by Bread & Roses have brought soothing benefits to help our residents cope with the adversities they face each day. When returning to their units, there is a positive discussion and upbeat attitude among our youth."

Sonoma County Juvenile Hall, Santa Rosa

Kurt Huget (right) with Pat Campbell (left) with client (center) on Halloween 
Halleck Creek Ranch (Life Without Barriers), Nicasio

"We work with adults who have significant developmental disabilities.  We consider Bread & Roses to be one of our strongest, dependable, longstanding and extraordinary allies. Their talented, caring and dedicated volunteers bring joy again and again to the lives of our clients."

Dancers to Sylvia Herold and Chuck Ervin of The Silvertones
Center for Elders Independence, Oakland

"Many of our folks live in the Tenderloin, are socially isolated and have limited income. When a Bread & Roses concert takes place in our dining room, people sing, clap, smile and simply have a wonderful time.  Our seniors appreciate all the great performances."

The Tenderloin, SF

"The most important thing we can do is make a difference in a small way every day. One of the ways we can do it is to support Bread & Roses."  

Photos by Peter Merts.

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Performers are needed for over 600 annual shows for diverse audiences of youth, adults and seniors in eight counties around the Bay Area. Musicians and
performing artists are especially wanted for programs for children and teens in a variety of settings.
Volunteer hosts are also needed on an ongoing basis to help emcee the shows. We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your referrals.

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Amazon will donate a percentage of your purchase to Bread & Roses.
End-of-Year Fall Appeal Supports Our Program

Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers
Photo by Ken Friedman
Your support throughout 2015 means the world to all we serve. With your help we will have delivered the healing power of live music in over 600 programs to more than 30,000 clients in 120 facilities throughout the Bay Area in 2015.
"I know first-hand the emotional connection between a performer and an audience... What's important is that you know how your support extends throughout the lives of many thousands of our Bay Area neighbors most in need of uplifting, inspiration, joy, peace of mind and compassionate interaction."

Please give a year-end gift to Bread & Roses Presents today. Together, let's make sure the music plays on for those who need it most.

Thank You for a Cornucopia of Shows in 2015    

Volunteer Host Dinner at the home of Tucky & John Pogue. Photo by Peter Merts

Thanks to all our supporters who helped us present a cornucopia of shows in 2015. It takes a tribe to fulfill our mission and we are especially grateful to our volunteer performers and hosts, the backbone of our organization.
What does a typical day of shows look like for Bread & Roses Presents?
You might see 16-year-old Caroline Sky singing at a home for the developmentally disabled, Dirty Cello bringing rock and blues to adults in an addiction treatment facility, 70-year-old Si Perkoff playing boogie-woogie jazz piano in a convalescent home. (read more)
Special Fall Fundraising Concerts Propel Us Forward 

Bread & Roses Presents is honored to feature over a thousand different individual performers and groups at our institutional shows almost every day of the year. We simply could not do our program without them. We are also fortunate to have performers of note help us throughout the years with fundraising concerts or donate a portion of the proceeds from an upcoming public concert to help support our mission.
Extraordinary acoustic blues maestro Keb' Mo' performed a very special benefit concert at the Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley on November 2. Executive Director Dave Perron told the sold-out crowd, "Bread & Roses has a lot of heart and there is a lot of heart in this room tonight. Our founder, the late Mimi Fariņa, lived in Mill Valley, and is undoubtedly here in spirit."  (read more)

Keb' Mo' and Taj Mahal. Photo by Peter Merts
Bread & Roses Receives CalNonprofits Community Engagement Award 

Bread & Roses was given a $10,000 Community Engagement Award on Wed. Nov. 4 at the CalNonprofits 2015 Annual Policy Convention in Oakland. Development Director Elissa Burke attended the conference and submitted the winning nomination. Executive Director Dave Perron received the award from Cindy Duenas from the CalNonprofits Board and Monica Trevino of CalNonprofits Insurance Services, the award sponsor.  (read more)
Community Giving for the Holidays

There are many opportunities to support Bread & Roses while enjoying the holidays this season. Thanks to all our friends in the community for giving back in such creative ways.  
Lucky Elephant 
Pick up holiday gifts for loved ones at The Lucky Elephant Sale Friday through Sunday December 4-6 & 11-13. This special holiday store is offering scarves and jewelry from India at wholesale prices. Bread & Roses will receive fifty percent of the proceeds of all sales to our supporters. Be sure to let them know that you came to support Bread & Roses when checking out! The Lucky Elephant is located at 1925 East Francisco Blvd., Suite 4 in San Rafael and open from 10 am to 5:30 pm.

Don't forget you can also order holiday gifts through AmazonSmile with a portion of proceeds to benefit Bread & Roses!
Read more about other holiday giving events including David Gans special tribute show on Dec 20th and Peets' Coffee Holiday Donation Program.
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